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Dr. Jerry Umanos, a Filipino American hero, among three Americans killed in Afghanistan

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devoted father, husband and doctor who dedicated seven years of life to save mother and babies in Afghanistan was killed at a Kabul hospital. Dr. Jerry Umanos, a Filipino-American pe-

diatrician from Chicago and a volunteer for a non-profit Christian group that ran a hospital in Afghanistan, was gunned down as he greeted two other Americans outside the hospital. In all three Americans were killed. “We don’t hold any ill will towards Afghanistan in general or even the gunman who did this,” said Jan Schuitema, Umanos’ wife, who also volunteers in Afghanstan. Jan made a heart wrenching statement outside her Chicago home after learning of Jerry’s death. She said, “Please honor Jerry’s memory by opening up your hearts to the Afghan people.” “He loved the country, he loved the people, he loved to teach,” a former Jerry’s colleague told CNN. “As much as we love and miss him, all of us have a certain level of respect and contentment knowing Jerry died doing what he loved most.” Schuitema stressed that her husband’s work was an extension of his faith. “He always had a desire to be the hands and feet of Christ. He was always a light for Christ,” she said.

Toby Dawson, a Korean American, inducted into skiing hall of fame

India-born poet Vijay Seshadri wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize

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ijay Seshadri has become the first Asian American ever to win the Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category. His book 3 Sections was hailed by the Pulitzer Committee as “a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless.” Seshadri currently teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at liberal arts college Sarah Lawrence in New York. Born in Bangalore in 1954, Seshadri came to America at the age of five and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. Seshadri is the fifth person of Indian origin to bag the prestigious award. He would receive $10,000 reward.

Chris Lu confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Labor

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hris Lu has been confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Labor, becoming the second Asian American to reach that position. Lu graduated from Harvard Law School. In 2005, Lu first began working for Barack Obama in his U.S. Senate office. Following Obama’s successful 2008 campaign for presidency, Lu was appointed White House Cabinet Secretary during President Obama’s first term. It was a great time for the Lu family. His wife Kathryn Thomson was confirmed as general counsel for the Department of Transportation. The two make for one power couple in Washington DC.

Sandra Oh shooting final scenes with Grey’s Anatomy

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ans of “Grey’s Anatomy” will be shedding tears when Dr. Cristina Yang leaves Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital on the final episode of season 10. The actress Sandra Oh, has offered up her best performances over the years and the fan love her character as well. There have been a number of rumors on how this character will leave, including that she is killed. In the past many of the “Grey’s Anatomy” cast members left the show in a violent end, but it appears that Sandra Oh’s character isn’t going that way. Instead there is an epic sendoff that allows the character to say goodbye to the fans and offer up a happy resolution for where she is off to next.

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n Olympic bronze medalist and a Korean American has been inducted into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Toby Dawson placed in men’s mogul skiing in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turino. He is currently a coach for the Korean national freestyle skiing team and will be involved in the upcoming winter Olympics in Korea in 2018 as an honorary ambassador. Dawson was given up for adoption at the age of 3 in Korea and adopted by a family in Colorado His journey to find his birth family was documented in the film Lost & Found.

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Cover: Asian American Heroes of Colorado